SUVs aren’t immune to the soaring costs affecting brand-new vehicles of almost every type. As a result, more buyers are turning to the used market, where they hope to snag a comfortable, useful, and practical daily driver at a price that better fits their budget. This is true across nearly all segments, with low-cost versions of compact, mid-size, and three-row SUVs available to those who are willing to take a look at pre-owned options.
Here are our recommendations for some of the strongest choices you can make when shopping for a used SUV. Our list includes entry-level models, family haulers, and even a luxury badge that has depreciated to the point where it’s a compelling, appealingly priced choice for deal-seeking shoppers. We’ve also included the MT clean retail price report for each model, which reflects what you can expect to find on the window sticker at your local used car lot for a good-condition SUV with average mileage.
Nissan Rogue 2021-2022
Toyota RAV4 2019-2022
Lexus RX 2020-2022
Hyundai Santa Fe 2021-2022
About MotorTrend’s methodology: The Buyer’s Guide recognizes how important a used car purchase can be, which is why we take this so seriously. Our methodology considers many of the same factors in our new-car rankings system, starting with value. The experts at IntelliChoice conduct extensive research to assess long-term value on 3-5-year-old vehicles, which means our picks start at the 2019 model year. IntelliChoice considers resale value, the cost of insurance, maintenance costs, fuel costs, and more. We prioritize models receiving a Good or Excellent IntelliChoice used-car value rating. An above-average J.D. Power quality and reliability rating is also a plus. Any vehicle we recommend must have earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick award or NHTSA overall five-star safety rating, and have some used-car inventory with under 80,000 miles (the upper limit on many automaker CPO programs).